March 9, 2010

Handkerchief Rosette How-To!

For everyone who wanted to know how to make the handkerchief "rosettes" from this post!

Confession:
when I shot this photo, I was in a terrible hurry (story of my life), so I just scrunched them together and pinned them to the shirt.
*gasp*
I know! I'm a big cheater!!

But now that I have a little more time, I'll give you the real way I had in mind to do it! :o)

1: Cut a square out of the middle of the handkerchief, leaving about 2 inches on the outside.


2: Then cut 1" triangles in the corners:


3: Sew a gathering stitch all the way around the edge of the inside.


4: Pull the bottom strings to gather all the way up:


5: Hold the gathered seams together, so that the bottom is flat.


6: Glue a 1.5" circle of felt or fleece onto the bottom, and then glue a flat-backed safety pin to the circle!


Pin it on your shirt!


Or you could glue it to a hair clip, or headband!


Use them to tie back curtains...


Or simply make them to share with a friend :o)

So there you go! Pretty easy and self-explanitory!

The reason I clip the triangles in the corners is so that the corners won't stick way out when you gather it up. It's much more pretty and even this way!
....But if you just want to scrunch it up and pin it to your shirt, I won't tell anyone :o)

50 comments:

  1. So pretty and so easy. Thanks for another great tutorial. I need to get some hankies!!

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  2. BEAUTIFUL - I'M GOING TO MY DRAWER OF SAVED HANKIES! THEY ARE NOW GOING TO BE CUTE FLOWERS!

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  3. I have some handkerchiefs that were my grandmother's who passed away in September. I have been trying to figure out what I can do with them and I think this is a great way to use them so I can see them every day instead of them being folded up in a drawer. Thanks for the idea!

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  4. Brilliant and beautiful as usual. :) You're just full of wonderful ideas. Where do you shop around for your cute hankies?

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  5. i absolutely LOVE this!!! thank you for posting this lovely tutorial! :-)

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  6. I am so in love with your blog. You have the best ideas.

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  7. Disney, I recognize that PB Kids Owl ... but is your own, right? Not from the catalog? So cute! I also have a bazillion old hankies. I just adore them and can't resist the temptation when I see them for sale. Thanks for the lovely idea!

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  8. So cute! And I love that your owl friend is sitting like a lady! (hee hee)

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  9. So pretty and so delicate!

    Buuuuuut...

    Am I the only one that finds it kind of gross to buy/collect/wear the equivilant of Kleenex?

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  10. Haha! I guess I'm not that concerned with germs once something's been through the wash. But if it makes you feel better, this one was brand new! :o)

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  11. I am pretty sure you want to move next door to me and be my best friend right? then I can get some hands on training..no? okay i will settle for this awesome tutorial. you are so talented

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  12. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. :-)

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  13. Love it, and so easy...thanks for the tutorial, I will be doing this one!

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  14. I LOVE the idea! I am a collector of old anf unky things (clean, of course!). I cannot wait to try it Disney. Thanks for sharing it and all your other inspiration! Keep it coming chick! :)

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  15. Hi Disney- I read your blog everyday and it inspires me! I love these flower pins- I'll have to try them. But I have to ask...did you make that owl? If so- can you do a tutorial???? I am redecorating my 2 yr old's room with owls & have been wantingto make a pillow just like that for her! Thanks for the great blog!

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  16. Personally, I think they look just as great 'scrunched up' in your hand and pinned on, plus that way they are still intact and ready to recycle into another lovely project at a later date.
    As usual Disney you are just so darn stylish!

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  17. Hey! I've been reading your blog for a little while now and I really enjoy it. I especially love your sewing tutorials! I have been goofing around on my mom's old sewing machine off and on for years and never had any idea about the back-stiching! No wonder things fell apart so easily (not that my sewing was that great to begin with...). I do have a quick question for you. Where do you like to buy jersey, or where to you find the best deals on it? I am determined to try and make some of my own clothing, but would hate to spend a lot of money on fabric for my first few projects. Any recomendations?

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  18. this does look easy! also, did you make that little owl? very cute.

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  19. That's so pretty!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-rosette-from-a-vintage-hankie/2010/03/10/

    --Anne

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  20. I'm running to the Antique store to get some vintage hankies! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. What kind of camera do you have? I'm investigating some digital SLRs and would like your input.

    Thanks so much!

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  22. Joanna: I have a Canon Rebel xsi, it's not the fanciest out there, but it does a good job! :o) good luck picking one out!

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  23. Oh! And yes, I did make the owl. I wish I'd kept my "pattern" I made!

    And most of my handkerchiefs were "inherited", but I would check antique shops for them. :o)

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  24. So this is random - have you seen the BBC's new version of Emma? Because I just finished it and I think you'd LOVE it...I am in love with their clothes - so simple and feminine. Check it out if you haven't seen it already!

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  25. This is such a great use of a hankie. I love love love the one you used in the original picture with the red stitching.

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  26. oh my heavens i love that owl! and add your cute hankie on there and even CUTER! i think i need one for katie's room!

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  27. I'm impressed: when do you have time to make all these: tutorials, photos, posts? You're very creative!

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  28. A friend gave me the cutest hankie that had holes in the center. Now I have something that I can do with it. I usually make little bags of my hankies (got the idea from Georgia Seitz), that can be taken apart and reused as hankies.

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  29. WOW!!! Those are really pretty! I can't wait to try it out myself!

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  30. Very cute! Simple enough for anyone to make!

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  31. I have some of my mom's hankies to use but I also have yards of tatting lace that she did herself. I think I will sew that lace to a plain hankie and then make some rosette pins for all of my daughters out of the homemade tatted lace that my mom did years ago. great idea.

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  32. I found you while searching for ideas for a "Mommy Chic" basket I am putting together for a silent auction at school, but I am tempted to make these for me and only me... Beautiful!

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  33. Very nice. I posted on my blog about making a corsage out of vintage hankie a few weeks ago. I could not bear to cut into mine, so I love your scrunched up version. They are adorable. I ended up using some faux hankie fabric for mine. Thank you for the great idea.

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  34. Other than being horrified that something with handmade lace that took hours to do (it's pulled thread) I think it's adorable. I'd rather see this done with machine made lace though. For the person who wanted to use tatted lace made by a family member, she should hand stitch the lace on the edges and when the fabric of the flower wears out, she can still salvage the lace. The lace will far outlast the fabric. As someone who makes lace and knows the time involved, I'm careful about what I attach it to.

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  35. Oh, I totally understand that! But I think I got this particular hankie at a drug store for $1 a couple of years ago, so it was probably a machine-made one, so that's not too sad! :o) But you know, it's just stuff in the end, no matter how beautiful. None of it's coming with us when we go.

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  36. This is so simple and sweet! I love it.

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  37. Love this lace pin!!! wow...gonna have to make me one. I am jealous. ;)

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  38. oh, i LOVE these! another great tutorial, thanks so much for sharing :-)

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  39. I bought some metal hair clips that I had planned to decorate and now I know just what to do with them! Thanks!

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  40. I fell in love with this idea when you first posted it and immediately knew I had to try it but I didn't have any hankies. For Easter, my dad sent me my mother's box of hankies. I just made two tonight. They are lovely! I can't forget to mention I sewed my first gathering stitch with your help tonight too! Love your tutorials! I've learned so much from you already. Thank you!

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  41. Really sweet rosette!!

    thanks for showing us how

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  42. Thank you! A lot easier than it looks. You are so clever and generous.

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  43. omg! this is soo creative im gonna go make some!!

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  44. A friend made a blouse from vintage handkerchiefs sewn together. Also a skirt to match, fairly full, of calico covered with handkerchiefs.

    Other ideas: Baby or doll quilts from handkerchiefs or stuffed dolls or teddies.

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